The stars of Will & Grace and Parks and Recreation create a home that's all their own (and nothing like their TV alter egos!)
The simplest way to describe the home of Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman? It looks nothing like how we'd imagine the homes of their TV alter egos -- Will & Grace's catty Karen and Parks and Recreation's misanthropic Ron. Electric colors anchored by white walls and neutral furnishings keep the West Hollywood duplex feeling friendly, fresh and completely welcoming.
While it seems like a far cry from their characters' tastes, it captures their real lives perfectly -- a fitting accomplishment for two people so involved in the decorating process. While Mullally took the reins on the project before bringing on designer Ames Ingham, Offerman contributed a few pieces of the wood furniture he builds at his firm devoted to "wood-related merriment", the Offerman Woodshop.
And while Mullally isn't officially in the interior design business, it may be in her future. "If I had to pick a second career, this would be it," she said. "I felt such a void in my life after finishing this house. We're toying with the idea of Ames hiring me as an assistant."
Some might argue that white walls can get boring, but these serve as the perfect backdrop for one of the most striking elements of the home -- the art collection. With an unpretentious mix of pieces by Yoko Ono and Grandma Moses, it feels like the kind of gallery wall that was built over time, with each piece carrying its own story. In the breakfast room, above left, the look is intensified by framed pieces mingling with stretched canvases. Meanwhile in the living room, above right, an elegant Michael Eastman photograph holds its own.
One of our favorite aspects of the home is the pool, with a host of nooks thanks to its many curves and corners. (Maybe not so practical for swimming laps but so perfect for chatting in the water.) With lush grass and boxwoods all around, one could forget they're in bustling Los Angeles...until they look out beyond and see all of downtown LA swirling in the distance.
Craving more? Check out the rest of the story and gallery (don't miss the low-key cabinetry and high-impact rug in the kitchen!) or better yet, pick up the September issue of ELLE DECOR to see this story, plus all sorts of other amazing pieces, like director Michael Bay's over-the-top home and a stunning piece on op-art patterns that will make you crave a piece of the trend.